The Baby-sitters are running a day camp for kids in Stoneybrook. Campers will do art projects, go on field trips, and even put on a circus show. Then Mary Anne's father announces that he will be going away for two weeks on business. Great! Mary Anne, Dawn, and Dawn's mother can't wait to be "bachelor girls."
But things are not turning out the way Mary Anne had thought. She misses her father a lot. The kids at Camp BSC are choosing sides against each other. And then Mary Anne sprains her ankle.
Will Mary Anne cheer up in time to enjoy the rest of Camp BSC?
Ann M. Martin's Dear Reader Letter
In Mary Anne and Camp BSC, the campers prepare to put on a circus. I have always loved circuses. This is because my father loves them. He took my sister Jane and me to lots of circuses when we were growing up. Everything from small local ones to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in New York City. Because I like the circus so much, I decided to put one on one day for the kids in my neighborhood. My friend Beth and my sister were going to be in the circus, too. Beth and I were about seven at the time, and Jane was about five. It was a hot summer day and we decided to hold the circus in our garage. We spent all morning making tickets to the show and selling them door to door. But in the afternoon when the audience showed up, we realized that we had forgotten to plan the circus. We were very embarrassed and quickly threw together a little show which was not at all rehearsed. Despite this, my enthusiasm for the circus was not dampened. And even today I still enjoy a trip to the big top!
In the first chapter where Richard announced his trip he was going to Cincinnati. Later in the book, it's mentioned that he's going to Cleveland.
Pop culture references include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer the movie.